Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby

A Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby resting on an exposed rock
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Scientific Name: Petrogale xanthopus

Size: Total Length 1,050–1,365 mm, including tail 600–715 mm


What does it look like?

The Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby is pale brownish-grey above, with longitudinal blackish dorsal stripe from forehead to upper back, russet patch near armpit, and two-toned white-and-brown stripe on hip. Tail long and orange-brown, with dark brown rings. Underparts white. 

Where is it found?

Highly fragmented within former range. Occurs in south-western Qld, western NSW and areas of southern and eastern SA. 

What are its habitats & habits?

The Yellow-footed Rock-Wallaby lives in rugged rocky areas. Shelters by day in rocky crevices and caves, although may be active diurnally in cooler weather, and feeds at night on grasses and herbs, supplemented with seeds, fruits and flowers. Lives in small colonies, with some becoming quite large. 

Interesting facts

Hunted by the Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax.

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A Naturalist's Guide to the Mammals of Australia front cover

This species features in my book A Naturalist’s Guide to the Mammals of Australia

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